Joanne Maynard of First Contact Ministry is the latest Valpo Life in the Spotlight -- our series of highlighting good people in our community. “She is a visionary that started First Contact with the goal of reaching out to those that are hurting and are in need,” explained Gracie Mauk, a volunteer at First Contact.
Mauk continued, “Joanne is the most wonderful, caring, kind, and compassionate and loving person you will ever meet.”
When researching the next Valpo Life in the Spotlight, I spoke with Bekah Postma, a Valparaiso University student doing field work at Parkview Elementary School. She spoke of Parkview teacher Justin Schafer saying, “He is incredible! The technology being used is really neat and he uses it to its maximum potential.”
Justin Schafer is a fifth grade teacher at Parkview and is utilizing some of the latest technology available to help aid in his students’ learning. Some of the technology being used in his classroom includes an iPad and a Samsung Galaxy Tab. With...
We all dread Monday's sometimes. Back to work for many, school for lots of people, and a general mood of Monday's are a day to get going because you need to, versus eagerly anticipating waking up and having an awesome day doing something fun.
Due to some twisted genetics, my balance of optimistic the world is a happy place so let's think on the bright side, Monday's are like Fridays are for many. My Irish crazy loving mom give me my love for Fridays, and the thought that the weekend and all of it's opportunity for renewal is upon you. Saturdays and Sundays are pretty awesome waking up and spending time with some of my family somehow. The soul food of the week days. Mondays offer a different kind of joy though for me.
I love what I do, so I naturally like to get back to work at it. And Monday is full of the potential to work at what you love, and love what you do.
Judy Commers, the next in our Valpo Life in the Spotlight series, has taught in Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Chesterton and Valparaiso High School, but has most recently taught at the Porter County Career and Technical Center (PCCTC) in Valpo for the past 22 years.
Commers was inspired by her sister Becky (also a marketing teacher), and has taught marketing for 38 years. Commers is a Valpo Life in the Spotlight because she is passionate about what she is teaching and she cares about the students she teaches. “There isn’t anything I don’t like about teaching marketing; each year the students make it fun,” Commers explained. “When you are having fun doing it, you don’t want to quit.”
As principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (TJE), Bonnie Stephens, Ph.D., was proud to accept the honor of runner-up to the National Title 1 Distinguished School Award as an Indiana High Performing Title 1 School on behalf of TJE.
In 2008, Stephens became only the third principal at TJE since the school first opened in 1964. She is a 1997 Valparaiso University graduate, as well as an Indiana State University graduate, earning her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees along with many other stellar accolades.